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TV: “Days of our Lives” Renewed for 79th Season After Near Death Ratings Almost Killed It

Fans of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” can breathe a sigh of relief. NBC has renewed the show for another season after 54 years of sturm und drang, also kidnappings, amnesia, paralysis and demonic possession.

“Days” was pretty much going down the drain until about six months ago when headwriter Ron Carlivati– ex of General Hospital and One Life to Live– took over. He immediately resuscitated a dead character (killed on screen) and brought back many favorite actors. Give the audience what they want– he did the same thing at General Hospital. It always works.

Meantime, Days’ most tenured actress, Susan Seaforth Hayes (she’s been on there since 1921) and her husband, Bill Hayes, will get Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Daytime Emmys. Seriously, they deserve it. They were on the cover of Time magazine in the 1970s!